Phil Hester, who was leading the company's efforts in Accelerated Computing, is leaving as of April 11.
Phil Hester, chief technology officer and a senior vice president at
Advanced Micro Devices, is leaving the company April 11 and the chip maker has
no plans to fill his position.
The news of Hester's departure comes at the end of difficult week for AMD,
which announced that its first-quarter sales were down and that it will eliminate
about 1,600 employees later in 2008.
Hester's departure was not related to the job cuts that were announced April
7, a spokesperson said. Before leaving, Hester oversaw the company's efforts to
develop what it calls Accelerated
which looks to use other pieces of hardware, called accelerators,
in combination with traditional CPUs to increase the performance of
applications and to allow those applications to take advantage of chips with
multiple processing cores.
Instead of AMD filling the CTO
position, the individual CTOs within each of the company's five business
divisions will now oversee technical developments and set the tone for AMD's
chip developments, according to Drew Prairie, an AMD
Mike Uhler, senior vice president in charge of AMD's
accelerated computing efforts, will now take charge of those technological
developments and report directly to company President Dirk Meyer.
The company has been struggling, announcing in 2007 that its long-anticipated
quad-core Opteron processor, "Barcelona,"
was being delayed after engineers found a design flaw within the silicon. On
April 9, AMD announced that the corrected
version of the chip would begin shipping to
its OEM partners.
AMD is expected to announce its
first-quarter results April 17.
Before joining AMD,
Hester was CEO of Newisys Data Storage, which made servers and
supercomputers and was an early supporter of AMD's
Opteron processors. Hester also worked at IBM
for more than 20 years.